Marie Tucker - Executive Director - Women's Golf Assoc. of Mass.
Oct 11, 2012
Born and raised in Vermont, Marie graduated from Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach in April, 2003. After graduating, Marie moved to Tennessee, where her sister lives, to search for her first job. Pine Creek Golf Course was Marie's first adventure. Although it was not her dream job, it started her career in the golf industry. The club manager recognized the San Diego Golf Academy on her resume and knew of the school and its reputation. In order to work this part-time summer job, Marie had to work two other jobs which allowed her to stay in the golf field. Marie hung in there knowing that, with time and motivation, things would happen. She worked the next summer as a USGA P.J. Boatwright Intern for the Vermont State Women's Golf Association. She was their first intern and first paid employee (they are an all volunteer association). Marie was responsible for the daily office duties which included on-line registration for State Days and three major tournaments. Three events take place every Tuesday on three different courses around the state of Vermont in five different flights, depending on your handicap. Having computer and tournament operations knowledge was a definite bonus for Marie. She also learned the USGA Tournament Pairing Program to help with scoring and reports for Vermont Women's state tournaments.
Networking is everything! As a P.J. Boatwright Intern, she attended the USGA week-long seminar in Far Hills, New Jersey with other interns from around the country. It was there that she met Barbara from the WGAM. Barbara was the one who contacted Marie when the Executive Director position in Massachusetts became available. Marie applied for this position, not knowing if her past experience would be enough. Apparently, all of her hard work paid off because she was offered the position in August 2005. She continues to network and is a member of the International Association of Golf Administrators (IAGA).
Marie will be celebrating her second year as Executive Director of WGAM in August. Her office is located in the Golf House & Museum at the TPC course in Norton, MA, where the Deutschbank Championship is held every Labor Day weekend. From her office window, she has a great view of the ninth green. Because of this location, Marie had the opportunity to watch Tiger Woods compete and, this year, will watch the top FedEx point players play in her "backyard." "It's a tough life to live," says Marie!
The Women's Golf Association of Massachusetts conducts about 25 tournaments a season from May to October and Marie believes that the education she received at the Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach played a big part in getting this position and she is proud to have Golf Academy of America listed at the top of her resume. The road to Massachusetts wasn't easy but the end result made it all worth while.
In her spare time she loves to play golf with friends and family. Marie feels she is living proof that you don't have to play to a low handicap to have a love for the game of golf! She feels motivation, knowledge, and determination are the main requirements to work in this industry.
To learn more about the Women's Golf Association of Massachusetts, go to www.wgam.org